Australia booked their place in the T20 Tri-Series final with a crushing seven-wicket win over England at the MCG.
The win was the third in as many games for David Warner's side as they knocked off the 138 needed for victory with 5.3 overs to spare.
Jos Buttler top-scored with 46 for England but for the second game running they were unable to apply any pressure to Australia's batsmen as they posted a significantly under-par total of 137-7 and, even without any one standout innings, the home side were able to cruise to victory.
England were again asked to bat first and looked on for another quick start as 12 came off the first over.
However, three wickets in the next three overs, ending with Warner brilliantly running out Dawid Malan (10) with a direct hit, stopped them in their tracks and they never recovered.
James Vince (21) and Buttler started to rebuild but AJ Tye broke the 36-run stand with a superb slower ball yorker that bowled the former.
At 70-4 in the 11th over, England could ill afford a collapse akin to the one that proved so costly in Hobart but the more circumspect approach from Buttler and Sam Billings left them needing a grandstand finish just to reach a relatively competitive total.
To that end, a pair of boundaries from Billings to begin the 18th over was a good start but he was caught off Billy Stanlake (2-28) from the next ball and when Kane Richardson (3-33) had Buttler caught on the rope from the last ball of the innings, England were 137-7.
David Willey had Warner (2) caught behind in the first over to hand the tourists a glimmer of hope - the stand-in Aussie skipper's poor form in this series continuing - but Chris Lynn soon snatched that from them.
He smashed two fours and a six as the next over from Tom Curran went for 16 and by the time he fell to Chris Jordan in final over of the powerplay Australia were 51-2.
D'Arcy Short (36no) and Glenn Maxwell took a few overs to get themselves in before taking 39 off two overs, England spinners Adil Rashid and Liam Dawson feeling the full force of the two Aussie power-hitters.
Jordan (2-26) returned to dismiss Maxwell (39) but it was little consolation for England, whose defeat was confirmed when Aaron Finch (20no) bludgeoned back-to-back sixes off Willey.
England must now win both their games against New Zealand to be guaranteed a place in the final.
WHAT THEY SAID
England stand-in captain, JOS BUTTLER: "It was another poor performance from us, we didn't quite soak up the pressure early on with the bat and then we never really kicked on. We never felt we had enough runs and the power of Australia proved too much. We haven't performed to our abilities yet but now we look forward to New Zealand."
Man of the match, KANE RICHARDSON: "It is probably a reflection of the way everyone bowled for us in the innings. It is always handy when your all-rounder (Marcus Stoinis) bowls fours over for 18. When you have him and Ashton Agar bowling so well in the middle, it makes your job easier at the backend and takes the pressure off. Everyone knows their role and there is a lot of clarity within the team."
The Australian leg of this T20 Tri-Series is at an end and both sides now head across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. It is a reasonably quick turn around for England before they take on the Black Caps on Tuesday while Australia face the same opponents next Friday, with both games live on Sky Sports Cricket.